we're a christmas celebrating family, so merry christmas. but if you're a non christmas family then i say happy whatever you celebrate or don't celebrate. hope you at least had a good weekend. mine was a bit much...
on christmas eve we woke up early and headed BACK to the mall area. i couldn't believe we were going to the mall area three days in a row, the three days before christmas. but when randall went to get the glasses they asked if he wanted to schedule an eye appointment and what do you know they had one available that morning. so he took it. luckily it was early enough and there weren't a lot of people out and about. i ended up spending more money on useless things though. but i did get a fun new skirt at anthropologie and wondered why i never remember to shop there.
after the eye appt we headed back to sacramento. we took the long route thru berkeley in order to pick up bao's xmas present. i got him a blue hoodie with a totoro face on it. now he can wear/be a totoro. oh and on our way home i totally saw mr "i went to cal" (he worked with me for about 5 months) getting pulled over on the freeway. i laughed maybe a little too hard...
when we got home we hung out for a while and wrapped some presents. then i made some chocolate chunk/flake (i was cutting from a large bittersweet chocolate bar) cookies for santa. then we wrapped some more presents. after the cookies finished baking i brought some over to the rivers house. my dad was the only one there so i hung out with him a while and then headed back home.
the next morning (christmas!) randall and i got up at 5:30 in the morning. this is not my idea of a great start to christmas. we had to be there by 8am. when we were about 10 minutes away a cop pulled us over. we were only going about 5 miles over the speed limit and i felt bad for laughing at "i went to cal" and figured this was karma kicking me in the butt. only the guy just wanted to give us a warning and tell us to slow down because of the fog and the deers (i guess there was just car vs. deer accident and he didn't want to see any repeats).
when we got to randall's sister's house we sat around and chatted. then we opened presents. then we ate a breakfast feast. after the feast (homemade augratin style julienned potatoes, sausage patties, egg casserole/quiche like thing, coffee cake, mimosas, coffee, bagels, and bread) we played a round of scrabble, watched randall sister's wedding photo dvd (we made it for them, so i knew it would be watched) and then said goodbye and headed to my parent's house.
on our way there we picked up james & sena (my mom's godchildren that i think we've inherited). sena told us that she had gotten a card from santa. i asked her to read it to me and she broke my heart. in the card it said that santa had run out of money and that he would get her two presents next year. their family isn't poor, they just don't really celebrate it. both of their parents immigrated from asia and grew up not celebrating. turns out james wrote the card when he realized there wouldn't be presents.
when we got to my parent's house we were just in time for a ham and turkey feast with stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, peas, salad, bread, spinach and rice. what's a meal without rice? dinner seemed an awkward affair. we don't talk as much as we used to. and it was the first time we'd sat down as a family around the new large table.
afterwards we opened presents. james and sena got a bunch of books and the rest of us mostly got money.
later that evening randall and i stole away to walgreens and bought sena a stuffed hello kitty doll. we couldn't think of any other place that was open. then santa left it on our doorstep for her with a "i got a loan at the bank. sorry i was late" card. sorta sadsors. okay actually really sadsors to me. randall says we can "adopt" them now.
Posted by pocketpig at December 27, 2005 10:43 AM
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